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Criminal – Cocaine Conspiracy – Post-Conviction Relief – Ineffective Assistance – Informant Instruction (access required)

At defendant’s trial for cocaine distribution, defendant’s lawyer was constitutionally ineffective in failing to request an informant instruction, and the 4th Circuit vacates defendant’s conviction and sentence. Defendant argues this court should follow several circuits in holding that jury instruction on evidence from an informer for pay or for immunity or other personal advantage is always ...

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